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What can cause space maintainer (dental) pain?

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Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Space maintainer

A space maintainer is used to keep the space open on a child's teeth where he loses a molar before it is time.
It prevents tooth crowding, but once the permanent tooth starts to brake through the gum, the usefulness of the space maintainer is over and should be removed. The erupting permanent tooth could be the source of pain.

In brief: Space maintainer

A space maintainer is used to keep the space open on a child's teeth where he loses a molar before it is time.
It prevents tooth crowding, but once the permanent tooth starts to brake through the gum, the usefulness of the space maintainer is over and should be removed. The erupting permanent tooth could be the source of pain.
Dr. Abel Loredo
Dr. Abel Loredo
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Anything new

Anything new takes a period of adjustment.
Sometimes there are strains in the materials, sometimes it just takes moving parts (tongue, cheeks, etc, time to adjust. Level of discomfort should not be much more than annoying, should disappear in a very few days, and controllable w otc analgesics. If anything more intense than this, call your dentist.

In brief: Anything new

Anything new takes a period of adjustment.
Sometimes there are strains in the materials, sometimes it just takes moving parts (tongue, cheeks, etc, time to adjust. Level of discomfort should not be much more than annoying, should disappear in a very few days, and controllable w otc analgesics. If anything more intense than this, call your dentist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Bruce Howell
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: May be time to remov

A space maintainer is used to keep the space open when a baby tooth is lost too soon.
When a baby tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth may move into the space creating an alignment issue. When the secondary tooth is ready to come in the space maintainer may be in the way and cause pain. Consult with your dentist to see if it is time for removal. It may also be a hygiene issue.

In brief: May be time to remov

A space maintainer is used to keep the space open when a baby tooth is lost too soon.
When a baby tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth may move into the space creating an alignment issue. When the secondary tooth is ready to come in the space maintainer may be in the way and cause pain. Consult with your dentist to see if it is time for removal. It may also be a hygiene issue.
Dr. Bruce Howell
Dr. Bruce Howell
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Inflammation?

Depending on timing (i.
e.: how long you've had the space-maintainer), you could have pain from different areas. If it's new, there is likely some pressure & inflammation on teeth adjusting to it. If it's been there a while, it could be related to areas that are difficult to clean or pressure from the way your teeth function when biting. I recommend your provider look at it to ensure it's working.

In brief: Inflammation?

Depending on timing (i.
e.: how long you've had the space-maintainer), you could have pain from different areas. If it's new, there is likely some pressure & inflammation on teeth adjusting to it. If it's been there a while, it could be related to areas that are difficult to clean or pressure from the way your teeth function when biting. I recommend your provider look at it to ensure it's working.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Malfunction

A space maintainer that has previously not hurt, should not start hurting unless there is a problem. See dentist who placed space maintainer for assessment.

In brief: Malfunction

A space maintainer that has previously not hurt, should not start hurting unless there is a problem. See dentist who placed space maintainer for assessment.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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